Missing MH370: Najib calling leaders to help in search for aircraft

Missing MH370: Najib calling leaders to help in search for aircraft

PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is calling leaders of various countries to seek their assistance in the search for Flight MH370.

The Prime Minister said he had spoken to leaders in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, India, Australia, Vietnam and China.

He said on his Facebook page that he would continue making calls to the countries that needed to be roped in for the search as the area had been widened.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the search and rescue operations for the plane, which carried 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese nationals, remained the top priority, reported China Daily.

"Though search areas keep expanding and difficulties ahead are increasing, as long as there's a slim chance, we will not give up," Li told Najib.

Li said China had deployed more than 10 vessels and several aircraft apart from mobilising 21 satellites to support the search.

Li called on Malaysia to provide more comprehensive, accurate and timely information to narrow down the scope and draw up new search plans.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot responded to Najib's request by re-deploying two of its AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to the southern Indian Ocean.

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